This was so fun! Or making the TBR was fun…
This is a fairly new readathon centred around Becca’s TBR game she created herself. It’s a remade Monopoly board all related to books and choosing your TBR. It always looked so fun and now I had a chance to play along.
This was a month long readathon for the duration of September and the free version of the bookopoly board decided my TBR. I did 5 rolls and ended up the various places mentioned below. After looking at everyone else’s rolls, I feel very luck I didn’t get any doubles!
This readathon doesn’t play well with written blog post tho… Let’s just go with it.
Announcement video by main host and creator Becca from Becca and The Books.
First roll: 6 🎲 -> Dark Cover
-> Nevernight (London Below #1) by Neil Gaiman
I really enjoyed this book! It was original and different in so many way which is typical for Neil Gaiman books. They tend to always be original which is the fun of them. I love the world in here. I loved how the different weird place names in London Above had perfect meaning in London Below. Like “Old Bailey” was an actual person, “Black Fairs” where an actual monastery etc. Also how time worked in London Below. All the surplus or leftover time from London Above settles down in London Below also in some sort of “time travel” if you move from one location to another. Still London Below is the sewer system and knowing Neil Gaiman is disgusting lol.
I enjoyed reading the story of Mathew and Door and their journey in the London Below.
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.
Second Roll: 5 🎲 -> Disability Rep
-> A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
I wasn’t sure what I went into for this book. I knew it was a YA contemporary and I had heard it was sweet but I have no experience with this author. So I was excited going in. And wow! This book was super sweet but also serious. We deal with two very distinct worlds. Steffi is a selective mute due to severe social anxiety. She only talks to some people and only when she feels she can. She never speaks in class. Then there is Rhys who is deaf but can communicate with words in the hearing world, though he has a deaf world were he comes from. I don’t know how well represented it was but I felt I learned a lot! I know now that if I’m dealing with a deaf person I need to speak straight to them so they can read my lips. Also how exclusive it can be to hear. The hearing world is not inclusive of others at all. And this is the reason I read this type of books. If anyone has any more recommendation of good disability reps, hit me up!!
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
Third Roll: 9 🎲 -> Becca Rep
-> Endsinger (Stormdancer #3) by Jay Kristoff
What an ending! I think I left a too big gap between the second and third instalment in this series though. I struggled to remember some characters and what happened previously. I was not as emotionally connected in the character as I would have been binge reading the series. Though I almost cried in the end. Almost. All in all it’s a very good grim series. Not sure about the Japanese representation in here, but the fantasy elements are very entertaining. And I loved the steampunk vs magic stuff. Very cool!
Synopsis of book 1:
Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and more deadly than anyone expects. Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in her country’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled arashitora for company. Although she can hear his thoughts, and saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. Yet trapped together in the forest, Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expected.
Meanwhile, the country around them verges on collapse. A toxic fuel is choking the land, the machine-powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure, and the Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion. Authority has always made Yukiko, but her world changes when she meets Kin, a young man with secrets, and the rebel Kagé cabal. She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun’s crimes, both against her country and her family.
Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empire?
Forth Roll: 7 🎲 -> Water on the Cover
-> These Rebel Waves (Steam Raiders #1) by Sarah Raach
This was an interesting read. Sara Raach has been on my radar for a long time. I was interested in this book since it came out but not enough to pick it up before now. There are 3 narrators in this book; Lu, Vex and Ben. I really enjoyed Vex point of view. I think he was my favourite, while Ben was my least favourite. Though Ben grew on me. While Lu was somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed the story and the journey of it and how it ended. I will read the second book at some point and continue with the series, but not right now 🙂
Well worth read 🙂 though not entirely sold.
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
Fifth Roll: 4 🎲 -> Set in the Past
-> Restless by William Boyd
As expected this didn’t blow my mind. Me and historical fiction isn’t a good match. This book was set over two periods; the historical part was 40-50 years before during the second world war when the main characters months was a spy in the British forces. While the second period is current time (2005-ish I think) where the main characters goes through here life discovering her mothers story. Surprisingly I liked the spy element of it, the historical side, that side of the story was fairly interesting but everything else was just boring. The now time was almost a waste of space. I wish this entire story was more of a interview style instead of so much now time.
Also we were dealing with a male author writing two females characters. Most of it were fine. There was just a few word tucked in here and there that screamed “male author” and it was annoying but hey good effort…
“I’m glad I’m done with this” – choice…
“I am Eva Delectorskaya,” Sally Gilmartin announces, and so on a warm summer afternoon in 1976 her daughter, Ruth, learns that everything she ever knew about her mother was a carefully constructed lie. Sally Gilmartin is a respectable English widow living in picturesque Cotswold village; Eva Delectorskaya was a rigorously trained World War II spy, a woman who carried fake passports and retreated to secret safe houses, a woman taught to lie and deceive, and above all, to never trust anyone.
Three decades later the secrets of Sally’s past still haunt her. Someone is trying to kill her and at last she has decided to trust Ruth with her story. Ruth, meanwhile, is struggling to make sense of her own life as a young single mother with an unfinished graduate degree and escalating dependence on alcohol. She is drawn deeper and deeper into the astonishing events of her mother’s past—the mysterious death of Eva’s beloved brother, her work in New York City manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward American involvement in the war, and her dangerous romantic entanglement. Now Sally wants to find the man who recruited her for the secret service, and she needs Ruth’s help.
So that’s it! I managed all the book I had selected without it impacting my official TBR 🙂 (ish)
Anyone else participating in this readathon?